Highway Safety: Safety Belt Use Laws Save Lives and Reduce Costs to Society : Report to Congressional Requesters

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United States General Accounting Office, 1992 - Automobiles - 61 pages
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Accident reports show that most of the 40,000 people killed annually in traffic crashes in the United States were not using safety belts. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that over 16,000 lives could be saved annually if all front seat occupants wore safety belts. To assist ongoing federal and state deliberations on safety belt safety, the Chairman, Subcommittee on Water Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, and the Ranking Minority Member, Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, asked GAO to evaluate and summarize existing studies on safety belts. This report focuses on the (l) effectiveness of safety belts in reducing deaths and serious injuries, (2) impact of state safety belt use laws on fatality and serious injury rates, and (3) costs that society incurs when unbelted motor vehicle occupants are involved in accidents.

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